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"I was always enthusiastic about synthesizers an have looked up to musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, George Duke, Tomita, who I consider my mentors. In 1981 I bought my first synthesizer which was a Yamaha CS-15 which is equipped with two oscillators, two envelope generators a white noise source. I did everything with this one machine for a long time until I could afford more synths. I used to carry my synth to Brownsville Brooklyn to Tony Humphries house to overdub mixes.""--In the beginning, Boyd Jarvis by Boyd Jarvis[1]

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Boyd H. Jarvis (October 26 1958 – February 16, 2018) was an American record producer, remixer and musician, best known for his song, co-written with Jason Smith, "The Music Got Me"; released in 1983 by Prelude Records. Two other perennial favorites are "Hey Boy" by Tammy Lucas and "Nobody's Business" by Billie.



In the early 1980s, a time in which NYC was the world’s nexus of burgeoning musical movements such as underground club/post-disco, rap, hip hop and electro, Jarvis created a musical sound through the use of home made, reel to reel and hand played sparse synthesizer & drum machine tracks that were featured extensively as overdubs on early-mid 80s NYC WBLS FM “extended music sweeps” with DJs Timmy Regisford and later, Merlin Bobb. Those unreleased tracks as well as records were widely played in other parts of the world club scene, and in Chicago were the crucial element in the Chicago house music revolution that swept Europe in the mid-late 80s and continues as the world’s foremost dance music. His influence was also felt in mainstream dance music when British producers, following a mid-80s NYC visit and exposure to Jarvis vocalist Colonel Abrams, created similar records with Rick Astley, known for the hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

He resided in New Jersey with his wife and continued to write, record, and produce music under his label, CFX Records.


Boyd Jarvis started his career as an intern for renowned professor of Anthropology Pearl Primus, training under Sandra Ross in theater lighting and set design where he went on to design lighting for shows in Lincoln center, Perry Street theater, and Riverside church theater. Training himself in music and applied Synthesis architecture, Boyd has become a legend within the underground and commercial music industry. He is an award-winning writer and music producer and has been cited as one of the original creators of what's now known as house music. Known as an innovator in music production & remixing, he has worked with many of the recording industries icons, including Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, Prince, Madonna, Herbie Hancock, Ah Ha and Boy George, discovered Colonel Abrams just to mention a few. Boyd is currently working with some of the top producer Dj's such as Joe Claussell, Louie Vega, Dave Morales, Francois Kevorkian. As a recipient of the prestigious Lions Award his list of international advertising clients have included, Jamie Guan (Master Guaun) Of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Maxwell House Coffee and Vivident Gum as will as numerous others. Mr. Jarvis has 24 years of experience in diverse areas of the artistic and production process coupled with an innate expertise in marketing and sales.


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Boyd Jarvis Don't Deny Love King Street Sounds Dan Gna Les Go Spiritual Life Music


Boyd Jarvis Atmos-Fear Wave Music Chase Von Heckler Non Stop Central Park Records


Boyd Jarvis Elements The "EP" Dance Tracks Mood Swing Future Funk / Boyd Jarvis Project Right Size Unity Records Future Funk / Boyd Jarvis Project Born Unity Records


Boyd Jarvis Alibokolijah Novus/Cisco


The Carlos Sanchez Movement Flying High Maxi Records


Nyles Jarvis Project Tribal Juice Jazz Club Records The Carlos Sanchez Movement Love & Respect Maxi Records Visual Its You LifeLine Records


Boyd Jarvis A Tribute to Miles Jazz Club Records Boyd Jarvis Roots /World Peace Jazz Club Records Boyd Jarvis We Can Work It Out Jazz Club Records


Boyd Jarvis at Last Movin' Records


React Love Reaction Minimal Records


Billie - Nobody's Business - Fleetwood Records

Level 3- Central Line - Fleetwood Records

Boyd Jarvis I've Got The Music - Movin Records


Tammy Lucas Hey Boy Supertronics Records Janice Christie One Love Supertronics Records


Circuit A Little Help 4th & Broadway Circuit Release The Tension 4th & Broadway


Visual The Music's Got Me Prelude Records Visual Somehow Someway Prelude Records


Boyd Jarvis Stomp Shelter Records

1986: Billie

Jarvis met Billie (real name Robin Brown) at one of the last parties of the Famous Studio 54. He immediately mentioned that he was a producer, and she stated that she was a singer. They met soon after at his home, where she sang one of her all-time favorite songs Tain't Nobody's Business if I do. Jarvis, liked the idea, and with the help of Regisford, created, produced, mixed the music with additional lyrics written by Billie. Jarvis, Regisford and Billie recorded a garage house cover of "Ain't Nobody's Business", a blues standard that was also performed by Bessie Smith.

Billie has also recorded with Masters at Work. H20, Minus 8, Soul Central to name a few.

Solo career

He worked as a session musician for John "Jellybean" Benitez, Wally Jump, Jr. & the Criminal Element, Colonel Abrams, Herbie Hancock, and dance-pop acts like Club Nouveau and Pretty Poison. and as a producer and remixer he collaborated with Little Louie Vega and François Kevorkian.


Jarvis v. A & M Records is one of the early cases involving digital sampling.

"It is hard to believe that [a re-release of "The Music Got Me"] would be successful"|sign=Robert Clivillés after being told that he and David Cole injured Jarvis' career by releasing "Get Dumb (Free Your Body)"


"Get Dumb! (Free Your Body)" was recorded and released under names 'The Crew (featuring Freedom Williams)' and 'Seduction'. Multiple versions were released by Vendetta Records (sublabel of A&M Records).

"Get Dumb", written by Cole and Clivilles, incorporated elements of "The Music Got Me", most noticeably a distinctive keyboard riff and the bridge section composed of free your body sounds. Jarvis claimed that he has been damaged by $15 million, however he failed to demonstrate the amount of actual damages, which are measured by "[the] extent to which the market value of the copyrighted work at the time of infringement has been injured or destroyed by such infringement." Total damage was estimated at $95,872, using the data from "Get Dumb" profits.


Boyd Jarvis

Year Single Label
2000 "Atmos-Fear" Wave Music
2001 "Sunny Days" Wave Music
2002 "Don't Deny Love" King Street Sounds
2004 "Keep It Moving" Trax Records


Year Single Label
1983 "The Music Got Me" Prelude Records
"Somehow, Someway" Prelude Records

Level 3

Level 3 was Jarvis' short-lived studio group.

Year Single Label
1986 "Central Line" Fleetwood Records


Circuit was Jarvis' short-lived studio group.

Year Single Label
1984 "Release The Tension" 4th & B'way Records
" A Little Help (From My Friends)" 4th & B'way Records

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